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Selwood raises thousands of pounds for children’s charity after two-day mountain challenge

A team from Selwood have raised more than £4,500 for a vital children’s charity after taking on the fastest zip line in the world and climbing to the summit of Mount Snowdon.

Ten employees from the leading pump and plant company took on a two-day sponsored challenge in Wales in aid of the Honeypot Children’s Charity, which helps hundreds of young carers and vulnerable children between the ages of five and 12.

On day one of the challenge, the team took on the famous Velocity 2 zip line, which allows people to travel from 0 to 60mph in under 10 seconds before reaching the top speed of 125mph – equal to the legal limit for standard trains in the UK and 5mph faster than the speed at which you fall when skydiving. The fastest zip line in the world and the longest in Europe, the team donned safety gear to travel through historic Penrhyn Quarry before flying over the quarry lake twice.

On day two of the challenge, the Selwood fundraisers headed to the 1,085m Mount Snowdon, where they hiked for a gruelling nine miles over a six-hour period along the Llanberis path to reach the summit.

As a result of their efforts, a total of £4,574.74 has been raised for the charity. Honeypot helps carers and vulnerable children, offering them a break from the stresses of home at one of its two respite houses, Honeypot House, in the New Forest, and Honeypot Pen y Bryn, in mid-Wales.

Kate Garland, Senior Management Accountant for Selwood and based at the company’s HQ at Chandler’s Ford, said: “I was really excited about the opportunity of climbing Snowdon although I knew it would be a massive challenge for me. It was a lot harder than I expected but I’m so glad that I made it to the top. Raising so much money for a great charity made it all the more worthwhile.”

Sam Randall, Assistant Management Accountant for Selwood, said: “There was an overwhelming sense of achievement once reaching the summit, not only for the personal accomplishment of such a feat, but for the fact it was helping towards such a worthy cause.”

Levi Hughes, Southern Support Manager for Selwood, said: “The hike was challenging at times, particularly the last 30 minutes or so. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed hiking up Snowdon. It gave me a fantastic sense of achievement and I was extremely proud to be part of Team Selwood in raising so much money for a such great charity.”

The latest donation of more than £4,500 continues Selwood’s strong relationship with Honeypot, which has received previous fundraising boosts of almost £2,500, as well as donated gifts, over the past two years.

Richard Brown, Managing Director – Pumping Solutions at Selwood, said: “Selwood continues to take its community role extremely seriously and our team should be duly proud of their efforts which will help so many children across England and Wales. A special thank you must be given to our Executive PA, Laura Fletcher, who organised everything and ensured the fundraiser was a resounding success.”

The Selwood team comprised: Kate Garland, Pete Ryan, Helen Earwaker, Levi Hughes, Laura Fletcher, Dave Webb, Paul Ansty, Kate Winkworth, Sam Randall and Martin Godfroy.

For more information about Honeypot Children’s Charity visit www.honeypot.org.uk

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